Written by: Umera Ahmed

Directed by: Haseeb Hassan

Produced by: Epic Entertainment

Alif has continued to show how effective powerful writing can be no matter what! This episode had me crying by the end by how well it broaches the very intricate subject of spirituality through the development of Qalb e Momin’s character. Hell-bent on making a movie about spirituality and proving his grandfather wrong, Qalb e Momin (Hamza Ali Abbasi) discovers through the hard way that making art out of this subject was neither easy nor ethical.

However, the end of the episode, he receives a piece of his childhood by Abdul Alla (Manzar Sehbai) in the form of the letter box in which Momin put his letters to God. This triggers a realization within him that perhaps he had truly lost touch with the person he used to be.

On the other hand, Momina (Sajal Aly) rejects Faisal’s (Osman Khalid Butt) demands for boundaries and goes to America, suddenly finding success and opportunities. All in all, the episode continued showcasing just how great this drama is at character building and creating an atmosphere!

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To begin with, Hamza Ali Abbasi has done wonders with this character, depicting very accurately the arrogance and ego of Qalb e Momin. But what’s so good about this character and others as well is that they are portrayed as humans, and are multi-faceted enough for the audience to believe these people could be real.

Hamza Ali Abbasi

While Momin is certainly pretentious, there is still signs of underlying goodness in him that this episode showed could potentially come out. My favorite moment this episode was definitely the scene in which Momin’s writers ask him what he means by spirituality and relationship with God, and Momin is at a loss for words because he suddenly realizes he has no conception of divinity or any connection to God.

The voiceover of Abdul Alla reinforces the loss of Momin’s innocence and how he had to revert back to his childhood to find peace. Both of the actors have such great portrayals of their characters and play off each other’s strengths really well. It is a treat to watch this side of the story!

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Sajal Aly proves herself as a formidable actress as well and the conflict her character faces between her pride at wanting to support her family herself versus all the things Faisal throws in her face about “selling her body” in movies and television is painted onscreen so well. Many times, it genuinely feels like I’m watching a movie and not a drama, as the director has taken great care to ensure that each frame and scene is smooth and high-production. Any cinephile would find Alif more than just a drama, truly.

Sajal Aly

Alif continues to deliver, and each episode is a step above the rest. The dialogues are not too pretentious for audience to alienate them yet deep and meaningful enough to be appreciated by those that look for such details. I have great hopes for where this drama shall go and look forward to the next episode! Do let me know what you thought of Alif’s latest episode.

Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.

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